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Section 4 | Annual Unit Objectives

Unit Training Plan & Goals


4.1  Objectives Overview

The unit's annual objectives, to be accomplished with the calendar year, are to: 


4.2  Cadet Protection (CAPR 60-2, Sections 3.2 and 3.3)

All CAP members over the age of 18 years are required to complete the Cadet Protection Basic Course before being permitted to have unsupervised (by a CPP-trained senior member) interaction with cadets. 

It is the squadron's standard operating procedure that each new adult member joining the unit must receive a Cadet Protection Program overview with unit-specific expectations for working with squadron cadets with the Deputy Commander for Cadets before receiving their CAP Education & Training, Level 1 sign-off. 

The Deputy Commander for Cadets will provide the CPP overview to cadets turning 18 years of age. CPP training may be conducted by cadets after turning 17 and must be completed prior to turning 18. Cadets who fail to complete CPP training prior to turning 18 will be automatically restricted from being able to progress/promote in eServices. 

The squadron prefers that all senior members of the Cadet Detachment Cadre (exclusive of Cadet Sponsor Members) complete the Cadet Protection Advanced Course due to the regular, direct interaction and planning with squadron cadets. 


4.3  Senior Member Education & Training

The squadron prefers that all senior members of the Cadet Detachment Cadre (exclusive of Cadet Sponsor Members) earn their Technician Rating in the Cadet Programs Specialty Track (CAP Pamphlet 60-11). This helps to maintain the foundation of a cadre of leaders that is experienced and knowledgeable of Cadet Programs regulations, expectations, and suggested practices for the implementation of the CAP Cadet Program within the unit. 

The squadron prefers that all senior members of the Cadet Detachment Cadre also complete the Basic course of the Training Leaders of Cadets curriculum. This helps to provide a cadre with ideas for greater innovation within the Cadet Detachment to aid in planning effective cadet activities and resolving cadet issues under experienced and educated influence by Cadre members. 

It is understood that advancement through the senior member Education & Training Program (i.e., Level 1, etc.) for promotion may be difficult given the other preferred training priorities toward leading cadets—and many senior members often choose to not advance due to the amount of individual attention and time required to progress through the E&T Program—however, it is still encouraged. 


4.4  Cadet Member Recruiting & Visitation

The squadron typically recruits via social media as its primary method for community outreach. 

Prospective cadet recruits must attend at least three (3) visits to "normal" unit meetings before being permitted to apply for CAP cadet membership. "Normal" meetings are defined as those typical of weekly training meetings (i.e., leadership classes, character forums, etc.). "Weekend" activities do not meet this criteria. 

Prospective cadet recruits may not "explore" Civil Air Patrol for more than 30 days. The unit considers "exploration" the continuation of visits to familiarize oneself with the Cadet Program. Recruits who have committed to joining are not considered exploratory; however, they may not participate in activities normally restricted only to Civil Air Patrol members. 

Prospective members' applications will not be approved in eServices until the first starting day of Basic Cadet Training to ensure that cadets graduate within 56 days (8 weeks) of appearing as a Civil Air Patrol member in eservices. 


4.5  Basic Cadet Training Overview

Basic Cadet Training (BCT) classes are typically held each Spring and Fall, with a goal of at least five (5) new cadets in each class. It is preferable that two (2) BCT classes are held each year; however, more classes may be held as recruiting dictates the need. 

The unit should exercise caution when scheduling BCT, and an operational analysis shall be conducted to identify: 

  • Impacts to existing cadet training and activity schedules

  • Logistics requirements (e.g., facility needs, equipment procurement and costs, etc.)

  • Manpower required (i.e., personnel impacts)

Each BCT class shall include a parents meeting to provide an overview of cadet and parent expectations for participating within the Cadet Program. This is also an excellent opportunity to introduce the parent booster club and open opportunities for additional senior or sponsor membership. 


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